Freddys ToolBox - Car & Truck Tips, Insight & Articles
November 15, 2015 - Issue 1
I’m going to use this space on our home page, instead of more ads, to bring regular feature stories, tips and updates on the things I see in the auto repair business and changes that are always occurring that can affect our customers and all consumers. I hope it will bring insight and useful information to everyone. Having been in this business for over 30 years I can honestly say I’ve seen a lot, the good and the bad, as it concerns keeping your cars, trucks, RV’s in a safe and good running condition. One of the trends I’ve seen the last few years is the average age of all vehicles on the road going up. At the time of the financial and economic crisis in 2008, the avg. age of vehicles on the road was around 8 years. Now in 2015 it is approaching 12 years. With older cars and higher mileage vehicles it is important that they be serviced regularly, as parts do wear out and break, especially suspension and brake parts. It’s a matter of safety for you and all of us on the road. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 76 million vehicles on the road in the US that are at least 16 years old. With less new vehicles being sold, it means people are keeping their cars longer and/or buying used vehicles.
With more used vehicles being sold and purchased these days it is important that the consumer have that vehicle they are considering checked out before spending their hard earned dollars. More and more I am seeing our customers come to us with recently purchased used vehicles that they were told were in good condition, when in fact they have numerous problems. They are being purchased from used car dealers,Ebay, Craigslist, private buyers, etc. Don’t be fooled by CarFax reports, they are only as good as those reporting the data. Consumers are spending $3k-20K on these used vehicles and then quickly find out they need numerous repairs, some serious in nature and also costly. Some very recent examples we have seen are a 2012 Subaru, purchased for $16K, and needed over $4K in repairs. A 2008 BMW bought for $12K with dangerously worn out front brakes, rotors and calipers, cost to repair $600. A 2003 VW Jetta with 87000 miles purchased for $5K with a blown Head gasket, faulty brakes and other issues, cost to repair $3K. Had we or any good mechanic looked at these vehicles, all these concerns would’ve been identified. We charge $75.00-125.00 to do a detailed pre purchase inspection. Our inspections include putting the vehicle up on rack, checking the engine, brakes and transmission, as well as the suspension. We are doing more and more of them and it helps our customers or any consumer ensue they get a fair deal. Customers use our detailed written inspections to go back to the seller sometimes to adjust the price they are paying or have the seller make the repairs or decide not to buy the used vehicle..
Don’t get stuck with a used car lemon, please have it checked it out by your local Technician or auto repair shop, someone you trust. There are many fine auto repair shops in our community, most who can provide this service. Even if you just bring the car by, I or one of my ASE Technicians will look at it for you at no cost by doing an on the ground inspection for you. We can also answer your questions on the phone that can be helpful for you also. You can use our website to look up the vehicles you are interested in, just enter your make, model, year and mileage and you’ll know what services are needed or should have been done. A big one is timing belts; they need to be done according to the manufacturers recommendations.
Lastly, I wish to thank all the customers, suppliers, partners and my family and friends who have supported me and helped me in so many ways over the years. It truly has been a thrill and I’m looking forward to many more years of servicing my customers and their auto needs.
Wishing that everyone and their Families Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!
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